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recognition. >> was he paying it forward because someone did it to him? >> you never know, it's infectious. >> that is all for us here on "new day" today. we hope you have a terrific weekend, but before that, a whole lot of news. so let's go to "the newsroom" with brianna keilar in for carol costello. >> i see you acting like it's friday, john berman. >> come on. >> loosening his tie. >> your weekend has not started quite yet. okay, it's starting now. "newsroom" starts now. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com good morning, i'm brianna keilar in for carol costello. thanks so much for joining me. we're beginning this morning with tempers are flaring. americans are lining up on both sides of the issue. check out this video from houston, shows a big banner on an overpass says "deport, illegal aliens are killing america's future." also in houston one of our
affiliates caught up with one woman who said she is furious with the president's request in nearly $4 billion in government funds to handle the situation. >> it's not right. now billions of dollars want to be borrowed from the white house to help feed and house them. what about the [ bleep ] kids here in our neighborhood? in our country? all these kids really? why can't this he go back? i'm sorry that the parents are in poor living conditions or surroundings or whatever's going on out there, i don't care. i care about what's going on right here in my own backyard, my neighborhood. >> now later today homeland security secretary jay johnson gets a firsthand look at a facility that will house undocumented immigrants in artesia, new mexico. he may not get a warm reception in the state. new mexico's republican governor suzanna martinez blasted not just the president in the border crisis but her own party at as well, pointing her finger at congress for failing to get
anything done. she wrote "the immigration situation we face today is a direct failure of gridlocked washington lawmakers and president obama." immigrants flood across the border or parents drop their children there expecting the federal government to just throw up its hands and let them in. that's not an immigration policy. that's a failure of leadership." ana cabrera joins us will i have from artesia, new mexico. what should we be expecting? >> reporter: we're at the federal law enforcement training center in artesia, inment number. this is a place normally used to train special agents, other federal officers but it has been converted in the last couple of weeks into a temporary housing facility for many of these undocumented immigrants. now we're told so far more than 200 adults with children, mostly women with children, have arrived here. they've been bussed here from texas, where they crossed the border illegally. again many coming from central america, so you can't just turn them around. we understand this facility has
the capacity to take in some 672 undocumented immigrants, and immigration and customs enforcement owe fishes tell us they expect a whole lot more to arrive. we've learned that here they get to stay in what you might consider dorm rooms. they're provided with food and with clothing. they have access to a refrigerator, other snacks, other kind of everyday creature comforts, meant to feel more or less sort of like a normal life inside the confines of a campus-like setting. children get to play outside. they are bringing in teachers to help educate the children, which is a requirement by federal law. we anticipate seeing when we get a chance to tour the facility a much different scenario than what it we have seen inside texas, the crammed and overwhelmed holding and processing centers. this is only meant to be temporary, these undocumented immigrants can only stay here while they await deportation or work their way through the immigration court system. you mentioned that jay johnson, the department of homeland security secretary, will be coming here within the next few hours. he's going to take a look at the
facility himself, just opened within the last couple of weeks, to see how things are going. listen to what he said yesterday, testifying on capitol hill. >> doing nothing is not an option. at our current burn rate within the department of homeland security, i.c.e. will run out of money in mid-august. given the added transportation cost, given the added enforcement cost, customs and border patrol will run out of money by mid-september at the current burn rate, given the situation we face. >> all of this costs a lot of money, so we're seeing that becoming another obstacle in this ongoing immigration crisis. we know already more than 52,000 unaccompanied minors alone have crossed the border, again, in texas, just since october, and there doesn't appear to be an end in sight, brianna. >> ana cabrera, thank you so much, from new mexico.
many illegal immigrants make the dangerous trip across the border, willing to risk it all to escape a life of violence back at home. kyung lah follows one woman whose journey started in ghwat ma, she made her way across three countries and traveled more than 3,000 miles. here is her story. >> reporter: speeding down a highway in northwest washington this is the end of a long bus journey. but you're seeing the beginning of an undocumented life in america. we first met petrona hen her son rudy 1300 miles south in el centro, california. her toddler, so exhausted, sleeps through the interview. as his mother recounts the nightmare of their life in guatemala. >> translator: i just want us to live and it wasn't going to happen at home." dwa watt ma lan gangs threatened to kidnap and kill rudy unless she paid them. they'd already broken both the
legs of petrona's father and killed another child in the family. to escape a death threat, her husband had already slipped illegally into america last year. she would do the same. two weeks ago, like so many others, she slipped easily into mexico at the guatemalan border but shortly after she crossed a river into texas she was arrested and brought to a detention center, joining dozens of other mothers and children. to cope with the tens of thousands of central americans like petrona, the government flew her and about 100 others to arizona. then drove them to the border patrol center in el accept to re, california, to be fingerprinted, have their picture taken and given notice to appear in court. she's released on her own recognizan recognizance. >> translator: i'm almost there. >> reporter: she tells her husband on a borrowed cell phone. he's living in washington state. he sent her money to buy the ticket and petron and rudy bored
the greyhound for the 38-hour trip north. >> not in murrieta! not in murrieta! >> usa! >> reporter: protesters in murrieta say they don't want the influx of undocumented immigrants to come and burden their town, but petrona and all the other undocumented immigrants we've met are heading to other cities across america, absorbed into the north, the midwest, and east. >> what if america makes you go back? >> no. >> reporter: "i will never go back" she says. her son would be killed. it's been more than a year since santos has seen his family. rudy doesn't recognize his father, but that doesn't matter right now. "i don't know how she did it," he says. so stunned, he's not sure what else to say. they say petrona will show up for her federal hearing but there's little incentive, no monitoring and the very real risk of deportation.
under that shadow begins their undocumented life, like the millions who have already made this journey. kyung lah, cnn, tacoma, washington. >> kyung just introduced us to one family making the journey up from guatemala into the u.s. and they are hardly alone. since last october 57,000 children alone without their parents made it across the border. most are coming from central america, guatemala, as well as el salvador and honduras. the purple dots on the map are towns where people are coming from, trying to escape a cycle of poverty and violence. the bigger dot the more the people there are leaving, and when those immigrants arrive at immigrant facilities in the u.s., they enter the american legal system which can be confusing for young people especially for those who do not speak english. joining us to discuss this is jonathan ryan, executive director of a group that helps provide low-cost legal services to immigrants. the first question i have for you, jonathan, is how do you
find these immigrants who need your help or how do they find you? >> well, my organization has been working inside of the unaccompanied minors shelters that are maintained by health and human services since 2008. so we literally are working inside of these facilities. we were the first not-for-profit inside of any of the department of defense facilities that are being rented out to health and human services. we are now in our fifth week working inside of lackland. so we're meeting these children inside of the detention centers they're being held. >> how many people do you have helping these kids? >> currently r.i.c.e. has a staff of 40. 25 of us are dedicated towards this work, and we recently received an emergency grant from a foundation here in texas to expand and sustain our current emergency civil legal aid response. >> so if you're dealing with this crisis, we're talking about undocumented minors, how do you
give legal counsel to a child in a situation like this, a 5-year-old, for example? >> right. well, dichbl from our criminal court system, individuals who are in the immigration court system have no right to be assigned counsel by the government. we have a situation where not-for-profit organizations like ours are left to try to fill this gap by providing representation ourselves, or attempting to identify pro bono attorneys in the community who can help represent these children. when we work with older children, they can assist to us prepare their defense and explain what it is they want us to do as their counsel, but when you speak about a child as young as 5, you identify a situation where you have a young person who fundamentally does not understand the nature and purposes of this immigration court system, who potentially cannot assist their attorney at all in preparing their defense. so you have a system that can grind to a halt really as you see a prosecutor on one chair
and the judge there up at the bench, and a 5-year-old whose hit barely peeks over the brass buttons of her chair who has nowherewith al at all to the system she's in or ability to advocate for herself. we talk about the billions of dollars requested and poured into the deportation system we must understand that this is an extremely resource-intensive prosecutorial system that really may not be appropriate for the treatment of refugee orphans. >> let me ask you about this. there is, we believe soon, bipartisan legislation in the house that would propose loosening this requirement for a deportation hearing, which is one of the reasons that you're kind of seeing a backlog here with so many undocumented immigrants now surging into the u.s. if that -- i guess the idea democrats want to protect there being some sort of process for immigrants to have their, have kind of maybe their day in court or to make their point if they
are under threat of violence or something in their home country, but when you hear that proposal, how does that affect your work and how does it affect the imgrants that you're working with? >> well, to my knowledge, i cannot think of another example where we have as a nation attempted to change the law in order to make it less humanitarian, in order to restrict access to justice and to due process, just tovulnerab system of justice or access to civil legal aid. our country's laws of refugee and immigration law go back to some of the commitments that we made during world war ii. the greatest generation of our nation went to war as we remember not to defend our borders or our interests, but to defend our principles. chief among those is that our nation does not return individuals back to countries where they may be subject to persecution or torture. so to change the law just for
these children would really be a fundamental change in both our domestic and international commitments. i think that we should reflect as a nation on the history of these laws, their importance to our image as being the beacon really of democracy and freedom of the world. so i'm dishearten eed at the notion these children who are approaching our country seeking protection may be pretermated from even asking for our help. >> that will be part of the debate that we hear in washington. jonathan ryan, thank you so much. great insight. >> thank you. as the thousands of undocumented children wait for their fate to unfold, a number of organizations are on the ground assisting with food, medical care, even emotional support. and for ways that you can help go to cnn.com/impact. gop house leader also move forward with a plan to sue president obama. they're suing over the president's decision to delay part of his signature health
care law without first seeking approval from congress. >> let me make this clear. this isn't about me suing the president. it's not about republicans versus democrats. this is about the legislative branch that's being disadvantaged by the executive branch. what we're talking about here are places where the president is basically rewriting law to make it fit his own needs. >> the republican-led house is expected to vote on the resolution authorizing legal action against the president later this month. the white house says the move is nothing more than a political stunt. and still to come, attacks from both sides continue in the middle east. one rocket launched into israel had even cnn's wolf blitzer running for cover. he is following all the action. wolf? >> reporter: brianna, i'm here on the border, israel's border with gaza, gaza, maybe a mile and a half, two miles behind me,
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in the middle east, israel hit by at least one rocket launched from lebanon, seeing many rockets and cnn's wolf blitzer had to run for cover at one point when sirens wailed near his location at the israel/gaza border. [ siren ] >> reporter: you can hear the sirens have just gone off so we're all being told to get to a shelter. >> this was on a gas station in ashdod where wolf was at the time and the two sides continue trading fire. 4 israel calls up 30,000 reservists in preparation for a possible ground assault into gaza. casualties continue to mount in gaza at last report nearly 100 dead and we're going to be joined by wolf blitzer ahead in just a moment. he is making his way from the gaza border to jerusalem as we
speak, and we will be touching base with him as soon as we get him on the phone. let's check our top stories now. leana harris, the mother of the atlanta toddler who died after being left in a boiling hot car by his father, has hired a defense attorney. so far she has not been named a suspect or charged with a crime. the father, justin ross harris, charged with the boy's murder, has been fired from home depot. he insists that all of this was a tragic accident. the man aus couped of shooting and killing six people had a history of domestic violence. police say ron has kel's ex-wife had a protective order against him after he beat her in 2008. haskel kicked in his former in-law's door, tied up the family and demanded to tell him where to find his ex. he shot to death six of the people who you see here, including four children. the famently, as you can imagine, is devastated. >> they liked to go to the park. >> people don't really realize that sometimes they see that's just another happening but
unless you go through it, it's really hard. >> you have to forgive, and that's a process, and we can do that, even though six of our children have been taken from us. >> haskel is charged with capital murder. 15-year-old girl survived the shooting. in an article in "the wall street journal" america's top military leaders say they supported the bowe bergdahl swap. letters written by the joint chiefs of staff say they were motivated by a core believe never leave a soldier behind. what about the threat of trading five high-value taliban detainees for bergdahl? admiral said "they never posed a direct threat to the united states homeland or our interests outside of afghanistan. i do not consider them to be game changers." still to come, will lebron james be wearing this jersey next season or is he going to trade it in for one with a cavalier style? cnn's martin savidge is in cleveland where fans have quite the interest. hey, martin.
>> reporter: hey, brianna. it's kind of a, a love/hate thing when lebron left, they kind of hated him but if he comes back, oh, they are going to love him. we'll tell you all about it in just a bit. at every ford dealership, you'll find the works! it's a complete checkup of the services your vehicle needs. so prepare your car for any road trip by taking it to an expert ford technician. because no matter your destination
as has ha mass and israel trade rockets and missiles our wolf blitzer has been in the middle of it, joining us now on the phone. wolf, you were near the gaza/israeli border, and you actually had to take cover. tell us about what happened. >> reporter: i was right near the border, maybe two miles away from the border between israel and gaza and you constantly see smoke from israeli air strikes into gaza, to hamas targets. you see the pounding. you see the smoke coming up. i was there, not very far away i was driving to the area and all of a sudden there's a lot of cars on the highway, everyone simply stops. the sirens go off, the doors of the cars open, people run out of the cars, and they run toward the nearest bomb shelter, if you will. they leave the doors of their
car open. very, very tense moment, something i didn't anticipate. i have been here in the past when the sirens go off but never been driving and all of a sudden you start running and i started running with everyone else to a bombshe shelter. you stay inside for a few minutes and then you get the all clear and come back out, you find your car and continue going. it's sort of become routine. the closer you get to the gaza border, we were only a few miles away, the more constant that situation is. if you're in a bigger city, whether in jerusalem or tel aviv, you hear sirens once in a while but nothing like it is when you get closer to the border with gaza. >> this is just part of daily life there, so seeing you experience it, we get a sense of what people near the border are dealing with. i want to ask you about what we're hearing israeli defense forces are now calling up tens of thousands of reservists. so the question is, are we going to see ground troops from israel go into gaza? are you expecting that to
happen? >> reporter: i am, based on everything i'm hearing here, i wouldn't be surprised. i don't know if it will happen today, tomorrow or the day of abut the sense i'm getting from israeli military and political leaders that they anticipate unless there's some last-minute cease-fire effort that succeeds and it doesn't look like anything is even in the works right now, they're going to try to go in and destroy as much of the hamas infrastructure as far as these missiles and rockets are concerned as they can. i don't think there's any desire on the part of israel to reoccupy gaza. they left gaza in 2005 but there is a desire i suspect to do as much punishing down to the military infrastructure of hamas. i wouldn't be surprised if the israelis go in. they don't want to because they know there will be a lot of israeli military casualties, a lot of palestinian casualties. there already have been about 100 palestinians that have been killed and 700 or 800 already injured. as bad as it is on the israeli
side of that border between israel and gaza, it's a lot worse on the gaza side right now, and everybody understands that, certainly the israeli tampgz and armored personnel carriers go into gaza it's going to become more intense. everybody wants to try to avoid that, but my sense is it's becoming increasingly likely unless hamas for whatever reasons decides to stop shelling israel. >> sounds like we are on the brink of much, much more, wolf, and with he know that you are there watching. be safe and thanks so much. >> reporter: thank you. >> wolf blitzer is again live from israel today on "the situation room" today, that will be at 5:00 p.m. eastern time, right here on cnn. germany is kicking out the cia bureau chief in berlin. it's an openly punitive gesture and indignant reaction to the latest allegation that the u.s. is spying on our ally. chancellor angela merkel put it bluntly "in my opinion, spying on allies is, in the end, a
waste of energy. it is also seriously damaged relations between the two countries." atika shubert joins us from london. this one is unprecedented between friendly countries but it's kind of a one-two punch following the fact that we learned that angela merkel's cell phone, right, was bugged or monitored at some point by the u.s. >> well that's exactly it. germany was already angry at the fact that her phone appears to have been monitored, spied on by the u.s., this was revealed as part of the leaks by ed yard snowden, but then to have another two spying scandals on top of that, german officials that apparently gave over or sold secrets to the u.s. spying officials, that's what's really, really upset the germans. you can take a listen to what the german foreign minister had to say earl whier this morning and you can see how upset he is. take a listen. >> translator: our decision to ask the current representative of the u.s. intelligence services to leave germany is the
right decision, a necessary step and fitting reaction to the breach of trust which has occurred. taking action was unavoidable, in my opinion. we need and expect a relationship based on trust. >> the key word there, of course, is trust. germany feels that the trust is broken, and they need to hit the reset button, but it's not clear if that's actually going to happen, and how they're going to rebuild that relationship, brianna. >> and so many in germany as well as other european countries are also upset when they found out or figured that some of their i guess metadata from phones were being monitored as well by the u.s. are you expecting any response from the white house? have we heard anything, atika? >> we haven't heard anything yet but you have to understand in germany in particular, they're very angry about this sort of mass collection of metadata. remember, the german secret police, the stasi, this is what they were known for so there is
a deep cultural reason why many in germany feel this is stepping over the line by far. >> atika shubert, thanks so much. and still to come, the fate of the illegal immigrants crossing the border in thousands. it's very much in limbo right now. alina machado is along the u.s./mexico border. alina? >> brianna, locals describe it as a constant battle between mexican smugglers and u.s. authorities. i'll take you for a ride on the require to show you just how many of these immigrants are making it to the u.s. the cadillac summer collection is here. ♪
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good morning. i'm brianna keilar in today for carol costello. thank you for joining me. i want to get you caught up now on our top story this morning. the growing crisis along the u.s./mexico border. later today homeland security chief jay johnson will tour a facility that houses immigrants in new mexico and he's expected to speak following his walk through there. we will cover his comments for you live here on cnn. arizona senator john mccain is also speaking out about the crisis along the border this afternoon. he'll be making the case for deporting undocumented
immigrants faster as well as increasing the number of visas given to refugees. meanwhile, president obama was heckled during a speech in austin yesterday, while talking about his frustration with congress's lack of action. >> and then they're mad at me for trying to do some things to make the immigration system work better. so it doesn't make sense. so i'm sorry, what are you yelling about now? sit down, guys. i'm almost done. come on. sit down. i'll talk to you afterwards. i promise. >> he actually told authorities not to escort them out, that he would talk to them afterwards. you know, but even in towns like murrie murrieta, where earlier this month massive protests forced a busload of undocumented immigrants to turn away, residents are split on the issue. >> i feel like it's important to learn from history not to repeat it, if that's at all possible. >> translator: we know there are a lot of children currently in detention along the border in other places so it takes the
work of all of us to come together to support these type of causes. >> everybody wants to say this is all for the children, okay. we know that it's not all for the children. that is theater, okay? this is not a race issue. it's a color of law issue. >> murrieta can't help them. we don't have any anti-poverty programs here, no homeless shelters no, food lines. there's nothing we can do for them here. >> while we've been focusing on the tens of thousands of undocumented immigrants coming into border facilities, it's far from the only way that people try to enter the u.s. let' bring in cnn's alina macha machado, you're joining us from the border between the u.s. and mexico. tell us what you've been seeing. >> reporter: brianna, we've been talking to are a few days about the tremendous law enforcement presence in this area especially as you get close to the river, but as you're about to see, keeping up with what's happening here isn't easy.
this is the rio grande, nearly 1900 miles long and now the battleground of an immigration crisis hitting the u.s. it's where a flood of undocumented immigrants are crossing in texas every single day. we wanted to get a firsthand look so we headed out on a boat with johnnie hart who has lived on the river for more than three decades. >> it's a routine deal touring the river we see the crossings. >> reporter: it didn't take long for to us find a path used by undocumented immigrants to cross the river, a man in the heavy brush even appears to hide from us. >> it's mainly adults that we see lately in the last several months it's been women and children. >> you've seen them on this river? >> yes. >> reporter: on rafts? >> yes. >> reporter: u.s. law enforcement boats, whether state or federal, are never too far away but when they are we see this, people on rafts hurrying
to cross the river. in this case they seem to be headed back to mexico after a dropoff on the u.s. side. while we can't say for certain what they're up to, it's clear the men on the rafts are not happy to see us. we wanted to see where those rafts were coming from and just a few feet away look at what we saw on the u.s. side, several border patrol agents, two vehicles, and four people who appeared to be detained. not long after, a bus shows up, perhaps suggesting more than just four were now in the hands of u.s. border patrol. now people who live in this area tell us that this seems to be a constant battle of wit between u.s. authorities and mexican smugglers. they tell us what we saw on the river yesterday they see pretty much every day. brianna? >> great firsthand look. alina machado, thank you. still to come, john boehner and the house gop leadership will soon vote for a resolution to sue the president of the united states. the reason, they say, he's violating the constitution, next.
house speaker john bainer is vowing to follow through on his threat to sue president obama. boehner claims obama violated the constitution when he delayed a hotly contested part of obamacare, requiring businesses to provide coverage for their employees without congressional approval. >> the president is basically
rewriting law to make it fit his own needs, and you'll know more about this next week and the following week as we continue to move this issue forward. >> think about that. you're going to use taxpayer money to sue me for doing my job, while you don't do your job. [ cheers and applause ] >> ironically, the same lawmakers pressing for this suit also voted on legislation to delay the employer mandate over a year ago with no luck. the white house says this is nothing more than a "political stunt." the house gop will vote on the resolution later this month. and let's talk a little bit more about this, joining me now in new york, cnn political commentator and columnist for "the blaze" will cain and in washington, democratic strategist and cnn political commentator donna brazile. to you first, will. republicans at one point wanted to delay the employer mandate and now they're complaining that
it's delayed. people look at that and they go, come on, explain that this to us. >> can you see this big smile on my face? i'm holding back. it's not ironic. >> explain. >> here's why. i will, because it's not just about getting things done you want to get done. the united states, i don't mean to be pedantic. it's not a monarchy form of government, not a parliamentary with a simple majority rule. we have checks and balances and separations of power. john bainer is actually very, very correct in that clip you played. the legislative branch's job is to write and change the law. so if the house republicans voted to delay the employer mandate a year ago, that's exactly how it should be done, not rewritten by the executive branch, by the president. thus the lawsuit, brianna. i suspect about an hour from now your show or whatever show that follows will be leading with a
court decision in d.c. that addresses the same thing, can the executive branch rewrite obamacare. >> what do you think about that, donna? will is saying it's okay for lawmakers to do it. it wasn't the role of president obama. did he overstep? >> look, i think will needs to go back and see what of course president bush and other presidents have done in 2006 in delaying implementation of medicare d and wfs about to expire for low income individuals who had not signed up and met the deadline. presidents get to deal with the implementation of these laws through the administrative process. this is what the president tried to do, and delaying the mandate back in 2003, but look, put aside the legal arguments that we're going to hear next week from one side of the political aisle, if the republicans allow democrats to bring their legal experts to the rules committee next week, with he might have a full opening of the legal arguments in this case. this is not a legal case. this is a political stunt. this is a way to distract, to
give john boehner time to get his caucus together. this is their strategy for the midterm election. it has nothing to do with whether or not this president has so-called overreached, because this president has used his pen and very cautiously, and trying to go about getting things done, because the republicans in the house and in the senate they clearly don't want anything to get done. >> and there is something to, i mean it's pretty clear that when i get a fund-raising e-mail right after papers are filed that there's a political element to this. you can't escape that but i want to ask you, donna -- >> absolutely. >> -- one of the big issues a lot of us see in the midterm election in the 2016 presidential election is, do you think government works for you? i want to get at that, when you see the administration delaying certainly parts of this bill, we saw health care.gov didn't work. it's in a much better place. there are parts of obamacare not
working as they're supposed to. doesn't that create a problem for democrats when they've got a big program and they're not hitting targets? >> look, brianna, we can have a longer conversation about the role and function of our federal government, our state and local governments. i think government has a purpose, and a function, and we can have that philosophical ideological conversation that will probably make the far right go into a frenzy on this friday, but here's the point. the president of the united states no matter who he is, or what political party he or hopefully one day she will come from, they have great administrative tools and implementing these laws and i think the president was well within the law when he not just he extended and delayed this particular provision, but again, that conversation i'm not a lawyer. i don't want to get into legalese. this is a political conversation and the political football that we have to deal with, and will i think you'll agree, some republicans simply want to
impeach the president. they wanted to impeach him the day before he went into the white house. this is their opportunity to sue him because that's less toxic. >> and democrats have fund raised off of that. >> absolutely. >> okay you guys it's friday so i want to leave you on a light note. this would be the funnier sketch with president obama and zach gallifianakis galifianakis, it is nominated for an emnemy, not an enemy, an emmy. >> you said if you had a son you would not let him play football. what makes you think that he would want to play football? if wha if he was a nerd like you? >> do you think a woman like michelle would marry a nerd? why don't you ask her whether she thinks i'm a nerd. >> could i? >> no, i'm not going to let her near you. >> an emmy, you guys, nominated. do you think it's going to win? what do you think? >> i know this is -- here's will, this is so predictable, he'll come down on the president. i liked it, brianna, but i will say this, it's a little
propaganda-ish, it's not my favorite. funner guy guy between two ferns are great. see zach galifianakis and bradley cooper or zach galifianakis and john hamm. >> donna i know you feel differently. >> the president has a great sense of humor. i hope he gets an emmy along with the nobel. ones acar too, why not. >> already got that. >> he'll be wondering why the heck he has an emmy, i'm telling you. i just think that would be hilarious if he had that. >> i totally agree. republicans can fund raise off of that one. >> they have to go for that. donna brazile, will cain, thanks so much, guys. >> thanks. still to come, amazon billing parents for gaming purchases made by their children. the ftc says that's wrong and the agency is suing. christine romans following this interesting story.
millions of dollars that wound up on the kindle fire bill. it's money that the kids racked up playing video games. regulators call that practice illegal. christine romans is joining us from new york. are we going to see all the parents get refunds, christine? >> you know what, parents has been complaining about this for a long time and they're suing. they allowed kids to purpose the items without requiring a password for too long. they're looking -- they're looking for money for refunds for all the parents affected. it could be in the millions of dollars because apple -- apple settled with the ftc over a similar issue. that refund was $32.5 million. amazon says it's already refunded some of the charges. amazon says that even recently, now they're requiring passwords for all -- all purchases inside the kindle fire games. but in fact, the government
still going after amazon. >> you would expect amazon to settle, what do you think? >> well, you know, amazon is not settling like apple did. amazon is fighting it. they're saying their case is different than apple's. and this is what the general counsel said. it's an understatement to say this is deeply disappointing. the commission's unwillingness to settle with the precedent leaves us no choice but to defend it in course. the stock is up a little bit -- it was up a little bit earlier so we'll watch this to see if it has any effect on the stock. >> all right, christine romans. "newsroom" is back in a moment. with beneful healthy smile snacks. with soft meaty centers and teeth cleaning texture,it's dental that tastes so good. beneful healthy smile food and snacks. but now that we have the tempadjustable base,ile, it's even better.
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nba fans are at a fevered pitch this morning. they're awaiting on the king. but we don't when or how lebron james will announce if he's staying in miami or returning to cleveland. we do know that lebron and heat teammate dwyane wade flew back to miami from las vegas. but the two had reportedly planned to travel together and we know that lebron will be flying to brazil for sunday's world cup final. yahoo! sport reports the heath and cavaliers expect the decision before he leaves. but are they get it? cnn's martin savage is in cleveland where a city is hoping that it doesn't get burned twice. andy shoals is also joining me.
martin, you're talking to fans there. how confident are they that lebron is coming home? >> i am one of those fans, briana. this is my hometown, so i grew up on cleveland sports teams. let me point out something interesting. they're celebrating the fact that they got the republican convention. they're celebrating the big win of the indians over the yankees. yeah. so what i should tell you, people are extremely kind of nervous. they don'tn't what to talk about it too much, because we might jinx it. so it's one of those understated, but you can't overstate the tension that is in this city right now. >> yeah. >> one of those love/hate kind of things. >> yeah, don't jinx it, right? >> yeah. i mean, that's the whole feeling. everybody has got a take out of that. the guy that rented me the car last night, no, i'm not thinking about it. the guy at breakfast today, he's like, well, you know what? the fact that he hasn't said anything that's actually great. i said, how is great, but that
shows you the logic going through people's minds. the smallest detail is boosting their sense that it's cleveland. you're right. this city doesn't want to be heartbroken again. they don't want disappointment deja vu. >> sure. i think people on social media are just having a field day with this. >> i'm one of them. i have been on twitter nonstop. i check it probably every 90 seconds. when is he going to make the decision now? there were rumors that it would come down at 3:00 p.m. eastern and when people started to see that, people in akron, ohio, started to go to lebron's house there. waiting to either i guess celebrate or riot. they lined up and down the streets. people were taking pictures and putting them on twitter. we see them right here. you know, it actually started to get a little funny on twitter if you started to follow it. because lebron's front lawn somehow got a twitter @lebron's lawn. you all need to get off many e! >> that's amazing. >> tweeted a little later, i have sprinklers for a reason #get off me.
there were all kinds of parody accounts coming out from the people gathering around lebron's house. there was lebron's car, lebron's maid, @lebron's cat and even @lebron's neighbor. even big corporation were joining in on the fun. tide tweeted a picture that said, wash away the last four years. and the tweet under it said we can clean the dust off any uniform #just in case. you -- >> that's great. >> i'm sure martin in there in cleveland would love for him to have to clean off the jersey. >> great advertising. martin, try to put your bias as a clevelander aside. but make the case, why should lebron come back? >> oh, well, let's see. i was trying to think of one of the five top reasons. number one, we've got lake erie. which is just gorgeous amounts of water and not a single shark. forget your ipod, we have the rock and roll hall of fame. talking about the heat. heck, we have a river that caught on fire. although we fixed that.
then on top of that, if you're a big fan of the christmas story movie, ralphie's house. you can move in. it's waiting for you. so i mean, then the last thing, this is really the biggest pitch of all. hey, buddy, it's home. i mean, this is where he's from. it's northeast ohio. he knows this place. he knows how much people love him. hey, if he doesn't come back, no hard feelings. but this buddy is home. >> i don't know. i think there are going to be hard feelings though, andy. don't you think? if he leaves cleveland kind of high and dry, twice in a row, that's kind of brutal. >> yeah. and this morning, espn is reporting that the letter that dan gilbert wrote four years ago bashing lebron is the thing holding him up from going back to cleveland. some people think that lebron's camp leaked that information to give them an excuse of why he's not going back to cleveland, basically blaming dan gilbert so all the blame comes off of lebron and goes to the cavs' owner dan gilbert. >> so petty.
>> of course, right? but that's part of it. you have to make up. they need to kiss and make up, i think. we will be watching. every tea leaf we are reading. thank you so much. and then in the next hour of "cnn newsroom" with poppy harlow begins right now. good morning. happy friday. i'm in today for carol costello. well, we begin with this. congress and the white house locked in a war of words. very tough words. one of the battle lines -- the u.s./mexico border. homeland security's jeh johnson will visit today. president obama is firing back and saying that republicans have blocked white house reform efforts. sounding off ts